Kara Gordon

Returnings

A fortnightly letter to the people going at 100 miles an hour. We all have the things that keep us grounded: to-do lists, morning routines, communities, and rituals to keep us sane. But when things get tough, they often fall to the wayside. Here's a reminder to refuel.

The Things We Hold Onto

I hold onto things. I hold onto scraps of paper that I drew a nice, well-balanced 4 or g or capital R on. There are ticket stubs that don’t have my name on them tucked away in a drawer; photos and a painting from someone who is no longer in my life, hidden in my closet.

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Reaching In

It belongs to me. I am in it. I already know I will get out. And through this low, I have known that I am worthy of love and that I am loved. Today, yesterday, this week: it’s more than enough to keep me afloat. But that’s not always the case. Often, it’s not about self-worth but rather, today just hurts too much.

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The Regulars

It’s a place for slow weekends, not blurry 48-hour visits, which is how my trips to the Midwest seem to go. But the weekend was too much, too fast, and I needed to both cure my hangover and slow down. So we went to get coffee.

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A little comic relief

Comedic Timing features women both in front of and behind the camera. The cast stars women of diverse ages and backgrounds, was created and written by female writers and is dedicated to hiring an inclusive crew. Supporting this series is supporting women in comedy!

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What is your body telling you?

Listen to your body. I hear these words in a tone of exasperation, always in my mother's voice, real or imagined. I roll my eyes, but my mother’s intuition can be frightening in its accuracy. She knows that the body has told me all I need to know about myself. Growing up, I could hear it, but I prided myself in ignoring it. I paid for it dearly.

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A Friendly Reminder

I get this notification on my phone five times a day. It pops up when I’m scrolling through Instagram, eating lunch, or during a yoga class. They come in randomly, sometimes only an hour or so apart.

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How to Put Out a Fire

Maybe you left the stove on, or a curling iron. You had faulty wires or forgot to blow out a candle or someone decided that everything you owned needed to burn. Maybe you’re home, maybe not, but the fire loses control.

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Thursdays Are For Therapy

At 2:30pm on Thursdays, I take the key to the bathroom to reapply my lipstick. I wrap up whatever email I’m writing or article I’m flowing and at 2:45, I walk across Madison Square Park for my weekly 3:00pm appointment.

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